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  author={Andrew Foley},
The question of mother-tongue education in South Africa remains a vexed one. On the one hand, it seems reasonable and desirable that learners should be able to receive education in their mother tongue, if they so wish. On the other hand, there are some very real difficulties involved in the implementation of this ideal. The purpose of this paper is to clarify what these difficulties are, and then to suggest what needs to be done to overcome them. The intention is neither to argue for or against… 

Attitudes of University of Botswana humanities students to mother tongue education

Abstract In 1953, UNESCO advocated for mother tongue education, particularly at primary school level. Many countries took heed of this advocacy. However, Botswana has not yet implemented this at any

Switch from Mother Tongue to English: A Double Jeopardy

  • B. Ntombela
  • Education
    Studies in English Language Teaching
  • 2020
This paper interrogates the sorry state of switching from mother tongue instruction to English medium of instruction in South Africa. Adopting a critical approach to literature review, it critiques

Using African languages at universities in South Africa: The struggle continues

Both the advent of democracy in 1994 and the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in 1996 kindled hope that ultimately official African languages, in addition to English and

Mother-tongue education in a multilingual township: Possibilities for recognising lok’shin lingua in South Africa

Background: Mother-tongue education in South African primary schools remains a challenge to policymakers. The situation is problematic in multilingual lok’shin (township) schools where the lok’shin

Competing Purposes: Mother Tongue Education Benefits Versus Economic Interests in Rural Zimbabwe

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions of educators on the barriers to the implementation of the Zimbabwean language-in-education policy, which recommends use of

State barricades: Educators’ inside story on mother-tongue education in a postcolonial Zimbabwean context

There is overwhelming evidence the world over on the pedagogical benefits of learning in one's mother language. The Zimbabwean language-in-education policy enshrined in the 1987 Education Act

Foundation Phase teachers’ experiences with instruction in the mother tongue in the Eastern Cape

Background: The perception that educating learners using their mother tongue contributes positively to educational and learning outcomes is well documented. Aim: This study explores the purported


The study was carried out to investigate the use of mother tongue usage in teaching primary school pupils as a desideratum for actualizing EFA in Ebonyi State. The population of the study was 1,149

The Decolonisation of African Languages: Insights from Southern Africa

Abstract In this article, we draw inspiration from the learners’ movement witnessed at the University of Cape Town in 2015, which raised concerns similar to those raised at the Malaysia Conference in

Reflections on Language Transformation at Nelson Mandela University

Abstract After a brief overview of the historical bilingual and parallel-medium language policies of universities in South Africa, this article highlights the limited implementation of the Language



The case against bilingual and multilingual education in South Africa : laying bare the myths : Many languages in education : issues of implementation

The issue of language in education in South Africa at the turn of the millennium remains contested. Apartheid language-in-education policy infused with unequal language proficiency demands for school

Language Curriculum Development in South Africa: What Place for English?

As in other parts of the world, language-in-education planning in South Africa is composed of two interrelated domains: decisions about languages taught as subjects and decisions about languages used

Multilingual Education in South Africa: Reality or Myth?

In South Africa where, according to Statistics South Africa (2013), some 25 languages are used on a daily basis, the need for a language policy for managing language diversity became evident after

English in South Africa

Recent estimates based on the 1991 census (Schuring 1993) indicate that approximately 45 per cent of the South African population have a speaking knowledge of English (the majority of the population

Global norms and local requirements for Black South African English ('BSAE')? - A pilot study of teachers' assessment and perceptions of learner texts

Recent debates on English varieties have focused on the apparent contrast of Global English on the one hand and World Englishes on the other, where the former reflects the status of English as the

Language, Power and Pedagogy: Bilingual Children in the Crossfire

Part 1 Theory as dialogue: issues and contexts language interaction in the classroom - from coercive to collaborative relations of power. Part 2 The nature of language proficiency: language

Justifying their existence: South African varieties of English

The analysis of written and spoken discourse, supplemented by a historical account of attitudes to English (culminating in a current attitudinal linguistic survey), serves as a prolegomenon to the

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

What makes people love and die for nations, as well as hate and kill in their name? While many studies have been written on nationalist political movements, the sense of nationality - the personal

Writing white on black : modernism as discursive paradigm in South African writing on modern Black art

In this thesis I deconstruct key concepts, terminologies, and rhetorical conventions employed in white South African writing on modern black art. I trace the genealogy of the dominant discursive

Representing the nation : a reader : histories, heritage and museums

Gathering key writings from leading thinkers in cultural studies, cultural history, and museum studies, Representing the Nation: A reader explores the role cultural institutions play in creating and